US Might Support Colombia NATO Bid: State Department Official

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson

From AFP:  The United States might support a bid by Colombia for NATO membership just as it has backed the close Latin American ally in other international fora, a senior State Department official said Monday.

“Our goal is certainly to support Colombia as being a capable and strong member of lots of different international organizations, and that might well include NATO,” said Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.

“Ultimately this is a decision that all of the NATO members would have to make,” she added. . . .

“It is not all that surprising that the Colombians are interested in where else they would be able to interact,” Jacobson said. . . .

Jacobson would not comment on [Bolivian President Evo] Morales’s statements.  (photo:

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